Tuesday 26 November 2013

Snowploughs at the ready

Balloons 701 and 723 both now fitted with snowploughs for the winter, seen at Rigby Road depot on 26th November

Balloons 701 and 723 were noted in the main running shed at Rigby Road depot today, both fitted with snowploughs in anticipation of any rare winter snowfalls that may hit the Fylde coast.

Monday 25 November 2013

Red Rocket Variety

Ex Stagecoach Volvo 899 was rushed into service to replace failed Volvo 611 on the 10:30 Red Rocket on 25th Nov
Classic Bus North West's Red Rocket express service is going from strength to strength in passenger loadings on the morning runs to Manchester, but increasingly the Mercedes-Benz Citaros are being replaced by other vehicles in the CBNW fleet. The 10:30 morning run from Blackpool has regularly been operated by the ex Transdev Harrogate and District Volvo B6BLE 611 (W611 CWX) for the last few weeks, and other vehicles have also been noted standing in for the Citaros, either due to mechanical problems or there has also been talk of heavy fuel consumption with the bendy buses. This morning (Nov 25th) even the 10:30 ex Harrogate Volvo 611 broke down, being swifty substituted by former Stagecoach North West Volvo B10M R899 XVM, which is normally seen in use on the local Catch 22 service. Two of the Mercedes-Benz Citaros (MAL41 and MAL53) were noted laid up out of service in CBNW's storage yard at Marton on 25th November, leaving only MAL49 available for use on the Red Rocket.
Former Dublin Bus Volvo Olympian N325 NHG running along the Red Rocket route on Seasiders Way on Nov 25th

MAL41 on the 10:30 departure on 7th Nov, these buses are becoming an increasingly scarce sight on the Red Rocket
Ex Transdev Harrogate 611 on the 10:30 Red Rocket on 10th Nov, displaying "Sorry Not in Service" on the indicator
Two Mercedes-Benz Citaros and four Dennis Darts were noted in CBNW's storage/demic yard at Marton on 25th Nov

Thursday 21 November 2013

Classic Buses on Route Diversions

Ex Transdev London Dennis Dart X533 UAT on a March 19th diversion up Albert Rd due to promenade road works
During the course of the year, bus routes that normally operate along parts of the promenade have had to be diverted around the back of the town, both northbound and southbound routes, due to various road closures. Here are a selection of views of Classic Bus North West vehicles on temporary route diversions during 2013.
Former Metroline Dennis Dart Y652 NLO, new to CBNW this year, crossing Church St on a 10th November diversion

Ex Dublin Bus Olympian N324 NHG on a Dickson Rd diversion due to the Remembrance Day service on Nov 10th
Ex Stagecoach Olympian P915 RYO crossing Church St due to the Remembrance Day service on the promenade
Ex Metroline Dennis Dart T145 AUA proceeds inland along Albert Rd on a northbound route diversion on 19th March

Ex Lothian Buses Volvo Olympian P269 PSX on a route 22 diversion via New Larkhill Street on 21st March
Former Stagecoach London Dart V162 MVX on a diversion up Springfield Rd near the Metropole Hotel on 19th June

Thursday 7 November 2013

The Tiger Returns

Tiger striped 622 looked like it had taken a detour via the jungle, as it was seen carrying tree branches on Lytham Rd!
Brush car 622 made an unexpected return to the rails of Blackpool Tramway on the afternoon of 7th November. The former Tigerrific all-over advert tram had to vacate its home of the last three years in Marton due to a change of ownership of the premises, and has been moved to Rigby Road depot in Blackpool for temporary storage. 622 was unable to be moved directly to its final destination of Anchorsholme Primary School, as they were not yet ready to receive the tram.

Scotts low loader juggling its way out of the former LTT depot at Brinwell Road in Marton
Scotts low loader making the turn from Hopton Road into Blundell Street
Scotts low loader manouevring into their unloading position shortly after arriving in Blundell Street
An end on view of 622 before it was unloaded, still with the tree branches that it collected tangled in its trolley tower
Shortly before 622 was unloaded there was a torrential downpour of rain, the wet tram is seen glistening in the sun
622 is pulled off the trailer by Unimog 939, being braked by the hydraulic arm of Scotts MAN tractor unit
622 finally touches back down on Blackpool rails, three years after it departed to the LTT depot in September 2010